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12 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

get creative with spooky season this year

This year, we as parents have to get creative with Halloween. Since regular ole trick-or-treating is pretty much a no-go, what are you going to do with your kiddos? Not sure? Don’t be spooked—we have some great ideas for you, from picnics and fashion shows to pumpkin hunts and movie nights.

Trick-or-treat circle: Get a small group together, whether it’s friends or family, and trick-or-treat at those families’ houses. This way, your kiddos will feel like it’s a normal Halloween, but will have a lower risk of getting sick in the process.

In-house trick-or-treating: Similar to the trick-or-treat circle, get a small group together and set up each room in your house as a trick-or-treat station manned by the parents or older siblings. Each room can be decorated and have its own theme!

Halloween pumpkin hunt: Think Easter egg hunt, but with small pumpkins! Do this at home, in the backyard, at park—opportunities abound!

Jack-o’-lantern or pumpkin decorating party: Keep it in the family or get a small group together to create jack-o’-lanterns or decorate pumpkins (think paint, googly eyes, hats, feather boas, etc.). Maybe make it a friendly competition! Who made the scariest? The funniest? The most creative?

Halloween-inspired neighborhood parade: We heard about many families doing parades during quarantine as a way to lift everyone’s spirits, so plan one more—this time, for Halloween! Get creative and decorate your car in its own “costume.”

A fall picnic—but in costume: Stick with just the family or get a small group together and go to a park or restaurant, all in costume! It would be fun for you and all the people who see you.

Pumpkin patch visits: We have a whole list here!

Harvest festival games: Set up your backyard with festival-like events, such as bobbing for apples, guessing how many candy corn pieces are in a jar, and a cake walk.

Costume fashion show: Get all dressed up in your costumes, throw on some music, create a catwalk and have fun strutting your stuff.

Spooky movie night in your backyard theater: Set up a drive-in-style theater in your backyard and put on your favorite spooky movie. Go all out with popcorn and some decorations.

Make Hallo-treats: Make pumpkin-shaped cookies or cupcakes with Oreo cookies made into batwings.

Trunk-or-treat—on a smaller scale: Get friends or family together to host a smaller version of a trunk-or-treat. Set up your cars along your street or in a public parking lot for the kiddos to collect their candy.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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